On 27 and 28 October 2022 Pitigliano hosted the IV International Conference "The gates of the Mediterranean. The culture of water, source of dialogue and integral and sustainable human development': the event was conceived and hosted by the Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello, realised in collaboration with the University of Florence, the Municipality of Pitigliano and with the associations La piccola Gerusalemme, Prospettive mediterranee and Rete italiana per il dialogo euro-mediterraneo, the head of the Italian network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. The two days were actively attended by Christian, Islamic, and Jewish religious representatives, EU representatives, and cultural experts, who listened and discussed with each other in a proactive atmosphere. The conference provided a valuable opportunity for reflection and dialogue on several levels: first on the situation in Jerusalem and in the Middle East in general, then the illustrious results of the MAECI archaeological mission to Ashkelon were presented, and finally, an inter-religious and cultural dialogue on water as an indispensable source of life was stimulated during a round table discussion.
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